DARTS

The Disabled and Aged Regional Transportation System or DARTS is a non-profit charitable organization that provides a wheelchair accessible door-to-door transportation service. It operates throughout the City of Hamilton and to Joseph Brant Hospital and Aldershot and Fairview GO stations. DARTS is a shared ride service. On-board trip times may vary and most rides will not be direct trips.

Accessible Transportation Services (ATS) determines rider eligibility, registers passengers for DARTS and Taxi Scrip, and provides ongoing customer care.

Hours of service

DARTS operates 365 days a year.

Reservations can be made:

  • Monday to Saturday from 8:30 am to 2 am
  • Sundays and Holidays from 8:30 am to 12:30 am
  • Subscription trips are automatically cancelled on statutory holidays

DARTS buses operate:

  • Weekdays from 5 am to 2 am
  • Saturdays from 6 am to 2 am
  • Sundays and Holidays from 6:30 am to 12:30 am

Using DARTS:

  • DARTS is a shared-ride service. You will not always be the only person on board. Please allow for adequate time to reach your destination.
     
  • Passengers must be ready and waiting at the start of the 15 minute pick up window. DARTS may arrive between 15 minutes before or 15 minutes after the negotiated pick up time.
     
  • When drivers arrive early, they must wait until the start of the passenger’s 15 minute pick up window.
     
  • Drivers will wait for five minutes only. If the passenger is not ready to leave, a cancellation will be recorded. For information about allowable cancellation limits, please refer to the ATS-DARTS Excessive Cancellations and No Shows Policy.
     
  • If a vehicle has not arrived by the end of your pickup window, call 905-529-1717 & Press “1” to report a late vehicle.
     
  • DARTS may send a minivan or regular size sedan for passengers who are ambulatory or who travel with a walker. Please inform ATS if you anticipate any difficulty riding in a van or car, and you will be exempted from travel on the smaller vehicles.
     
  • Passengers may board with up to two carry-on items, which must be maintained under the control of the passenger at all times during their trip.

You can make reservations up to seven days in advance for DARTS. There are two ways that you can make a reservation:

  1. Online at DARTS Web. Contact ATS Customer Service to get access to DARTS Web. They will set up your account and create a password. If you need a support person you will not get access to DARTS Web for safety reasons. You can check your trip times or cancel trips on DARTs Web.
     
  2. Call 905-529-1717 and provide the following information:
  • Name
  • DARTS Passenger Number
  • Date you need a ride
  • Time you want to be picked up
  • Your appointment time
  • Your pick up address and accessible entrance
  • Your destination address
  • Your return time
  • If you are traveling with a mobility device, service animal, companion or support person

Please confirm all your information at the end of your call.

Waiting list for DARTS

  • If a vehicle is unavailable at the reservation time you request, you can be waitlisted.
  • DARTS will only contact you if a spot opens up. You can call DARTS to ask where you are on the waiting list.
  • Being on the waiting list does not guarantee you a trip. If DARTS is unable to accommodate your trip you will need to find another ride, such as through the Taxi Scrip program. 

Call returns

ATS and/or DARTS staff advises passengers at the time of booking if their trip qualifies for call return. The requested trip is then booked for a call return or another agreed upon pick-up time.

Call return trips are available to passengers when the length of their appointment is not known at the time of the trip reservation such as:

  • Doctor/ Specialist appointments
  • Medical/ Laboratory tests
  • Dialysis appointments (existing subscriptions only)
  • Court appearances

When the appointment is over, passengers call 905-529-1717 to speak with the Dispatcher who sends the first available vehicle. If a vehicle is not available, you will have an extended wait for your return trip. 

Appointments with a specific start and end time do not qualify for call return. These include:

  • Dental appointments
  • Massage therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic visits
  • Lawyer/ Legal appointments
  • Business appointments (such as Tax Returns)
  • School or other examinations
  • Recreational activities (i.e. swimming lessons)

ATS and/or DARTS staff has the final decision where disagreements about qualifying trips occur. 

Cancellations

To cancel your trip with DARTS:

Cancel as early as possible so that DARTS can offer trips to other customers and to avoid exceeding the allowable cancellation limits.

Subscription trips

  • If you go to the same place every week, request a subscription trip so DARTS automatically comes every week to pick you up.
  • You book subscription trips by calling DARTS at 905-529-1717 or online.
  • Approval is subject to availability. You must reserve rides day by day until you receive approval.
  • Subscription trips are cancelled on Statutory Holidays. If you still need to travel on these dates, you must call DARTS Reservations to book your trip.

Service interruptions

DARTS cancels service due to snow, ice or dangerous road conditions. Watch local TV stations, listen to the radio or visit DARTS Web for service cancellations.

One support person can travel with you for free on DARTS. A passenger must have medical certification on file with ATS stating that they require a support person before their trip.

  • Passengers who travel occasionally with a support person must inform Reservations if a support person is required for each trip.
  • Passengers who register as requiring a support person at all times must be accompanied for all trips and may not travel alone on DARTS.
  • A support person must accompany all children and students under the age of 12 on DARTS.
  • You can travel with a companion who does not have medical certification but they must pay the HSR fare.

If there is a safety risk to a passenger being left alone at their destination, register the passenger as “Do Not Leave Unattended”. The passenger may travel independently on DARTS; however a caregiver must be at every destination to receive the passenger.

DARTS drivers assist passengers with wheelchairs up or down one step only, to and from an accessible entrance. If you need greater assistance at your pick-up or drop-off points, you must arrange for a support person to help you.

  • Scooters must have a lap belt.
  • Wheelchairs must have a lap belt and footrests.
  • Scooters and wheelchairs must not be larger than 76 cm (30 inches) wide by 122 cm (48 inches) long.
  • DARTS buses equipped with a lift can accommodate a maximum weights of 363 kg (800 lbs).

For wheelchair/ scooter/ walker

Training is available to Conditional and Temporary ATS Registrants who are interested in learning how to use HSR, including route training, instruction and practice boarding the HSR vehicles using your wheelchair or scooter. For more information, please call ATS at 905-529-1212.

Call ATS Customer Service at 905-529-1212 to report changes to your personal information, including:

  • Address
  • Telephone number
  • Emergency contact information
  • Mobility status (seat code)
  • Fare type

Your personal information must be up-to-date. You may have to reapply if your information is not up to date or you have not used DARTS within a 12 month period.

DARTS vehicles use video surveillance cameras. Under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the recorded image of an individual is considered personal information.

The personal information collected by the video surveillance cameras is under the authority of the City of Hamilton Act, 1999 and Municipal Act. The information is used to increase safety, reduce crime and assist with risk management and insurance.

Any questions about this can be directed to:

Director of Transit
City of Hamilton
2200 Upper James Street
Hamilton, Ontario L0R 1W0